About the Company
Flubit is the UK's largest independent marketplace (as in we are not Amazon, but still have 50+ million products on our books). We are not an affiliate program but instead hold real-time inventory for thousands of UK merchants via our own API or integrations into other eCommerce solutions.
We are Flubit.com - where any consumer can demand a better offer on the exact item they want to buy.
We are SKUcloud.co.uk - where thousands of merchants can integrate and make new sales on Flubit.com and our destination partners (e.g. The Mirror), and also where any Company who wants access to over 80% of UK's consumer goods can come and get them.
We've been around for 5 years and plan on staying around for a while longer!
What we stand for
We want to change the way people buy and sell online. Our technology and services empower consumers to buy for less, merchants to sell more products, and any business to be able to sell almost any product they want from their website/app.
Amazon is pushing UK merchants out of the market and we believe the monopoly-like environment they are creating is harming us all. Amazon makes an average of 15% off every sale made on Amazon.co.uk meaning that UK merchants find it harder and harder to compete. SKU Cloud charges no fees to merchants, allowing them to sell at more competitive prices for the consumer and allowing them to keep their margin. Instead we take a fee from anybody who would like access to nearly all the consumer goods in the UK, this way we believe the market can be more efficient, both for the consumer and the merchant.
Who we are
We are a team of 60 individuals working towards a common cause using the absolute best of our abilities. We are building something completely new in a world where not much has changed since the 90s. It requires quite a bit of creativity, guts, and hard work - but we believe we can change ecommerce forever.
Why work at Flubit and SKU Cloud?
We really believe we are making a difference and solving a pretty large problem and we're not the only ones who think so, we triumphed at the 2016 Retail Week Tech Sprint, won the European Web Summit, and were shortlisted in the National Business Awards, eCommerce Awards, and The StartUp Awards, among many others.
Join us in a quest to help the UK consumer and UK merchant. Oh, and enjoy the following perks you'll see throughout this website!
Who says that working in London is all work and no play, or that commuting has to be a waste of time? Flubit gives you the flexibility and resources to have a great work / life balance and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You don't need to put your life on hold to work at Flubit. Enjoy only the best London has to offer.
Flexible Working Hours
Be in charge of your own schedule, if you like to gym in the morning, avoid rush hour, or are meeting a friend after work we wont stop you. Our office is open for 7.30am till 7.30pm and you pick the hours in-between to work.
Cycle storage on site + Showers
Commuting can be life-draining, but it doesn’t have to be! Flubit offices are right next to the CS3 (cycle superhighway) and right on the north bank Thames path. Cycle to work, we provide space to store your stuff and showers for you to easily change. Commuting isn't too bad either, we're next to the Overground, Underground and DLR
Great Office Space
In case it's raining outside and you want to just enjoy the office we have couches to hang out on, and Xbox to play, a table tennis table, a pool table, darts and adding more whenever we come across something cool. Music plays in the office all day, and we have 5 meeting/break-out rooms for some quiet work. Downstairs in the lobby is an amazing chill-out area, complete with its own barista, fireplace and cozy area.
Lunch Delivered to the Office
Yep that's right, if the restaurants in the area are just far to far to walk to, then fear not, every lunch-time a sandwich, wrap, salad and snack hero visits our office and off-load some yummy goodness. Check out the photo of Ed buying a sandwich, 'tis riveting!
In building gym
If you don't fancy getting up early to gym, but want to flex those muscles or stretch those hamstrings, then look no further than Met Wharf (where we work). There's an in-house gym that has all the stuff you'll want to get a good work-out, plus Hot Yoga!
Great Office Location
An office facing the river thames on the thames path, 5+ parks less than 10 minutes away to sit during lunch hours, a gym with a pool, football pitch and classes of all types 5 minutes walk from us, a basin with kayaking classes every Tuesday, a Friday food market 15minutes walk away at amazing St. Katherine Docks and so much more.
We don’t like micromanaging. We like to hire independent hard working individuals who we trust to do their job and they trust us to make their job as friction less as possible. Our benefits and perks reflect that mentality - it's up to you how you use it.
A budget for you to spend - our benefits
For us, this is big - and it will be for you too. Every month at Flubit, on top of your salary you get a budget for you to spend on almost anything you do outside of work. You can claim back a % of the cost of education (100%), sports (50%), travel (25%), lifestyle activities (25%), health benefits or put it in your pension. The longer you stay with Flubit the higher the budget gets, that simple. Feel like going to a conference? Getting a tutor or anything else that can be classed as education - Flubit will give you £900 in your first year, £1800 in your second year and so on, to spend as you wish. You decide if you want to study, gym daily, take a trip to Nepal, get health insurance for you and your loved ones or put it in a pension (or do a bit of everything). Potentially the most relaxed benefits scheme out there.
After spending at least 6 months with the company, you may be given options into the company. These options will vest over time so you'll own more and more of the company the longer you stay with us. This means that the hard work you put in can materialise into more money in the future if the company were to sell or IPO. See an uplift one the work you put in, don't just work for the shareholders, work for yourself too.
Joining a new company can be dauting and life in London can be lonely (especially if you're new around here). We are a great team that likes to be social and can thus provide the support you might need. Working with fun people you like makes at least 40 hours a week a lot more enjoyable
Every week after Friday lunch, we bring out the drinks and snacks and hear an update from Bertie the CEO (even when he's abroad!) and then listen to somebody around the company chat about what they're working on or an idea they'd like to share. This allows for everybody to find out what others are working on and gives everybody a chance to practice their public speaking skills if they'd like too. However, it is also a great opportunity to have some tipple and food - if it's been your birthday, you'll be in for some cake too!
Company days out
It's incredibly important to everybody at Flubit feels like part of the team, working towards a common cause. Once we reached the threshold where we no longer all fit into one office (we have two next to each other) we introduced company days out where we literally all stop working for a day and go do something fun together. In the past we've done GoApe, GoKarting, Climbing over the O2, we've kayaked, high roped, bell-boat raced, and lately we've even been killing zombies and we even ran our own FlubiLympics ... be part of the next one!
There's other changes to get to know everybody you work with - join one of our work socials which usually follows on from our demo's. In the past we've been bowling, ping 'poinging', we've watched Sin City and Back to the Future on our office projectors, we've played Fifa, we've been to Pub Quizes and we've had our own quiz.. the list goes on an on.
We have regular pool, table tennis, Fifa '16 and fantasy football tournaments (and you're free to start another one if you wish) going around the office. It's a great way to get a bit competitive and get to know everybody in the office.
Every Wednesday feel free to join our weekly football game. It happens over lunch at the local sports centre. All levels welcome - run around, enjoy the sun and break up the work day. Join the Flubit at the Tamebay cup once a year!
Start your own
If there's something you love doing, then why not start it yourself. For example one of our team members started a Get Fit club, and someone else has built the first Flubit library. Why not bring your interests to us?
We want creative, intelligent, hard working individuals who can get passionate about making Flubit the best it can be.
There's still so many things to discover, so many problems to solve that you'll be required to work closely with different departments and work on things slightly outside your role.
We believe that's what makes a start up, the team culture and the willingness of everybody to get their hands dirty. In return we will work incredibly hard to ensure you enjoy your time at Flubit surrounded by only the best people in a great location having fun.
If you want live updates about life at flubit, check out our blog: http://blog.flubit.com and click on 'Work at Flubit'
Yep, those pictures help sum up the two founders of Flubit. Bertie likes to speak in public and think people are listening intently, Adel loves to takes selfies.
But without them Flubit wouldn't have started, and without starting we wouldn't be doing the cool things we do today.
It all began in 2011/12 (depending who you talk to)... Bertie sat in his bedroom, came up with an idea and a few months later sent Adel a text...
"Have you heard of GroupOn?"
Of course, it turns out by the time Flubit went live, Flubit was nothing like GroupOn - but Adel and Bertie quickly raised £550k, which set us off on the journey of raising over $17m, and creating the 2nd largest marketplace in the country for products.
Both Bertie and Adel still focus daily on making Flubit a global power, and they can only do us with us, the team - and luckily they do spend quite a bit of cash on us!
In January 2016 Bertie & Adel were included in The Sunday Times 500 most influential people in Britain. The list included Adele, Prince Harry, J.K. Rowling and Sir Elton John (among others) - you can read about it here.
We have three development teams, a data science team and an infrastructure team. We have 3 fully functional websites to upkeep, APIs to update, applications to keep running and new things to build daily! Lots of challenges ahead - scalling, internationalisation, mobile applications, and the list goes on and on.
Join the team and help us tackle these issues!
Hackathons (2-3 times a year)
2 day hackathon events were you can join up with other developers from around Flubit or work on your own to build something cool! Different hacks are then presented and awards given. Pizza, drinks, awards and time provided by Flubit.
Lunchtime talks on anything tech - get involved and talk about something close to your heart or simply listed to others present and then join in the discussion. A great way to keep on top of things in the industry and share knowledge around.
Working on IOS or Windows based on preference
Work on Windows or a Mac based on preference, or even Linux if you want!
Agile, Github, Slack, you name it - we're doing it
We're a start up and we develop like one. Only we don't use AWS (for obvious reasons)...
Want regular updates about Flubit? We keep a very active blog (updating every couple of days).
On the blog we add articles about the industry that's making us excited, product reviews for things we've tried out, things we're up to and the rest.
We allow Facebook in the offices, which means we can update our Facebook page. Customers love to talk to us on Twitter, including merchant customers, whilst others prefer to send us photos on pinterest. Bertie's (founder background is also videos, so we love to do add videos to our YouTube page too.
For a more formal aproach, why not check out our LinkedIn
Finally, you might be wondering what our customers are saying about us? You weren't? Well now you are. Great thought! Check out our Trust Pilot and Review Centre - we're really proud how positive these are.
People write about us because we're doing something special. We can create users better prices on almost any product they want to buy, and with SKU Cloud we can give companies the ability to sell almost any product in the country!
In the last few months we've had great features and articles in The London Evening Standard, The Telegraph, International Business Times, The Sun, Money Saving Expert, Moneywise, Tamebay, Tech Crunch, The Guadiran, The Next Web, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, Evigo......
We also advertise on TV, the Radio, billboards and more!
If you want a complete list why not check out our friends at Google who keep a personalised list for us... or something like that.
Sometimes there are times when we want to make you feel as great as a cookie with milk, but we just can't find a section to put it in...
Here's a handful of those times....
The day of (or sometimes the day after) you start at Flubit, we put on a special morning event for you. We get some pastries in and welcome you to the team!
It's your special day, so we want you to feel special. If you decide to come into work you'll get a card and a special hat (if we can find it!). At the end of the month during demo day every birthday in that month will be sung to with a cake!
Had a baby? Have a Flubit branded baby outfit!!!... WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? This one is more for us, it's so cute seeing your little thing in a Flubibaby suite....
At Christmas our office becomes a second home for Santa as we go over the top on our decorations. St Paddy's day we turn all green. We also like to get things all spooky for Halloween. On Feb 14th we get roses. For Halloween 2015 we had "Paper AirBat" competitions, and in 2016 we did Halloween Pictionary... most looked like Paper airplanes.
We know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but for the most part everyone loves chocolate... so whether your a Santa believer or not, you can munch away at our December treats on everyone's desk.
Sometimes we dress up (don't worry, you don't have to), and when we do we go all out. Our favourite day is PJ day which happens the day after the Xmas Party - dress down, very down, even into dressing gowns!
ps. - The cookies on the right were baked by our founder Bertie for our cake and bake day!
Boom, look at those! Beautiful are they not? Some of our awards and certificates over the last few years.
In the grand history of all things Tech, only 5 companies have won the prestigious 'Web Summit' start-up award... and yes, we're one of them - it was a very humbling and very proud moment.
In January 2016 Flubit's founders were named in the 500 most influential people in Britain, in a list that included J.K Rowling, Prince Harry, Sir Elton John and many other notables figures. You can read about it here.
Also in December 2015 we came 3rd out of 1,500 in the People's Champion start-up award at StartUps.co.uk - we're really chuffed about that!
There's not space to name all our awards however :(
Come visit our offices and see! Yay!
At Flubit, it’s important to us that we hire people from all different backgrounds to add to the diverse range of skills and experience we have within our team. It’s quite the melting pot here with staff from all over the world and from all different backgrounds working at Flubit.
However for many young people, particularly in London, it can be difficult to get your foot in the door of a great company to work for, especially if you’re yet to build up a lot of experience in the workplace. People that find themselves in these kinds of situations are relying on their enthusiasm and willingness to help, and ambition to learn and achieve to shine through.
That’s exactly what happened with our latest official Flubit employee, Dave M, and you can read all about his story on our blog.
If you want to be an apprentice? Just get in touch and we'll see what we can do!
We love to be a little festive.
This year at our weekly demo day (where one member of the team gets to talk about what they've been up to recently, and everyone else listens/eats/drinks)... we took an extra hour out the day to decorate the office with all things festive.
Fake snow on the logo, ballballs for earrings and tinsle delight, the office was made into a festive treat!
After 60 minutes we'd exhausted the loop of Xmas music and it was time to get back to work, it turns out December is a busy time for us.
BUT, every morning when we come into work we have a chocolate to eat, thanks some very merry advent calanders on everyones desk.. or wall.
We get lots of great PR here at Flubit / SKU Cloud.. such as The Sun telling their users about Flubit being the best place to buy computer games, Small Business Magazine warning their users about the dangers of 'drunk online shopping', or The Mirror working with us to educate the UK about Xmas shopping cut off dates...
But there's some we really like to shout out about, such as this one. In December 2016 & Jan 2017 if you flew British Airways, you and millions of others will have sat next to our COO, Steph Fiala.
Featured inside every onboard magazine, Steph joins your festive period flight to give you an insight into the challenges of running a growing tech company.
It's a fantastic article, feature and photo!
You can read the article here (hosted by BA - sorry if you're in the future and the link doesn't work)
Here at Flubit we have a really strong connection with Europe's (and maybe now the world's) biggest and best technology conference - Web Summit.
We've attended for the last 5 years, and in 2013 we were victorious in winning the prestigious Pitch competition. It was a major event in our Company history.
This year 7 of us attended Lisbon, the first year the Web Summit moved away from Dublin.
The 2016 Web Summit was incredible. It was much bigger than it had ever been before; this allowed the organisers to arrange 20+ different speaking stages across a range of topics (including, Data, Sports, Food, Tech, VR, Gaming, Saas, Startups...). If you were interested in a particular area, you could simply pitch up at one of the stages and watch the top people in your field speak all day long.
In addition to the above, there was my (Bertie, founder) favourite part - the 1000s of fledgling (yet amazing) Start Ups about to conquer the world. If you want a 101 of the future tech companies you'll be using - Web Summit is the place to be.
Lisbon is also an incredible and beautiful city, and late into the night you were able to meet and network with the 50,000+ people attending the event.
If you didn't make it to 2016 Web Summit- i strongly recommend you make it to 2017 if you can.
Halloween at Flubit is always a team favourite.
Every year, we eat fake-gross stuff (which is actually really tasty), and try to play a spooky themed game or two.
Last year we played 'who can make the best paper bat-o-plane' and this year Darrell (our Customer Service Team Leader) organised Flubit's 2nd pictionary match (here's a link to the first). Of course it was ghostly themed, and unlike the first match, this time Roadside walked away with the spoils... I guess that only leaves a 3rd and final decider at Xmas then?
What made it cooler is that we stole our Head of Finances ipad and linked it up to the projector, for a digital version of the game.
In addition, Darrell also was our demo presenter today and he gave us a Halloween special - Customer Service horror stories. Now, make no mistake, we LOVE our customers at Flubit - but sometimes (very, very rarely, they can make life a little vampire-y for us...) - Darrell gave us a small handful accounts over the last year, where we've had our work cut out for us!
Hello - it's Bertie here, a co-founder of Flubit, and i'm a little lost for words.
I started Flubit when I was 24, and back then I had no idea what we'd become. True, I had a vision of what I wanted Flubit (and now SKUcloud.co.uk) to be - but in the world of tech companies, what you want isn't always what you get.
On October 19th however, I turned 30, and I realised that despite all our successes in eCommerce, triumph in new technology, and great performance from Operations - we had achieved something far more awesome... a really incredible team.
As you'll see from the Flubit Life website, building a great team is on the top of my priority list..
...and my 30th showed how great they are:
A surprise party, complete with cake, drinks, branded stuff, A MAGICIAN, presents and more.
Thank you team - that was simply awesome!
Today we did something MASSIVE at Flubit Limited, we launched SKUcloud.co.uk - and we had a party to celebrate!
Inviting our investors, advisors and team members, for a few hours on a Thursday evening in October 2016, the team ate cake, drank (thanks to unlimited free Gin and Tonics) and enjoyed learning about SKUCloud.co.uk
At its launch, SKU Cloud is Europe’s largest marketplace ecosystem; offering an automated platform that helps Seller Partners and Destination Partners sell popular retail products, at market competitive prices.
SKU Cloud enables Seller Partners (people with warehouses) to get the most out of their business, helping them to reach millions of new customers, sell more of their products and drive more revenue.
For Destination Partners (companies with popular websites or apps), SKU Cloud allows them to sell any of 50+ million retail products directly on their website, including 50k best sellers for prices cheaper than amazon.co.uk. Offering businesses a white-labelled, fully managed ecommerce proposition, into their existing website – alongside the ability to learn from five years worth of marketplace data and access insight into the industry.
With an aim to create an efficient and fairer economy for everyone, SKU Cloud is revolutionising the way that over 1,500 online businesses are doing e-commerce.
In launching, SKUcloud.co.uk also replaced our previous brands of WeFlubit.com and BeFlubit.com.
The team at Flubit and SKU Cloud are eCommerce experts. We love what we do, and many of us love to share the learnings we gain with the rest of the world.
Every week internally someone from the team has a chance to chat (to the rest of the team) about something they are working on - it's a way of allowing people to improve their public speaking skills.
Working with our communication team we also get out and about to share our wisdom. Recently Steph (COO) has been chatting to Goldsmith University about Women in Tech, Andy (Head of Partnerships) has been talking along side the CEO of CitySprint at 'The Future of eCommerce Delivery' conference, and Lydia has been educating MA PR students on SEO and social media at the University of Greenwich.
If you've been to one of our talks, then feel free to drop us a line to see if there's space to work with us too.
There's nothing we like more at Flubit than cake, especially if that cake is home made.
So when we had the chance to raise money on September 30th 2016 for the MacMillion Bake Sale, we jumped at the opportunity. And how amazing it was!!
This year we raised £617 - which was almost £100 more than the year before, such an awesome achievement by the team.
In addition we had 17 home-baked goods, and about 15 store bought loveliness. We were also joined by Linda from Share Radio who did this amazing piece about us.
In the photos you can also see Bertie (Founder) making his banana cake, and new Flubit Mum Isaura tempting her little one with sugar!
What a yummy day!
It's not every day you get featured in one of the UK's most prestigious tech awards, but when you do, you should shout about it.
In September 2016 Flubit were featured as 'Ones to Watch' in the Sunday Times - which, as you could guess, we agreed with! The process of this award was spread across the entire year, with meetings back and forth, so it was great to finally get the nod!
Even better, (well at least for the short-term tastebuds), BDO, a sponsor of the event sent us a congratulatory cake. Nothing says success like the sweet taste of cake.
Apparently there are over 1,200 "National Days" a year. It's fair to say we don't acknowledge most of them. Maybe they should give a few more bank holidays?
But one national day always touches our heart. And that's #NationalTeddyBearDay. The office Teddy bear has a heart-breaking story...
There was a wonderful Children's Model agency.
Every day children would cuddle and love BigTed, because he was big, and because he was cuddly.
But then the photos stopped, so the loving stopped.
BigTed was left in a dark room, alone.
Then Flubit arrived in the next door offices, and BigTed was found.
BigTed became part of the family, and now has his very own Flubit T-shirt too.
So here's to BigTed, and all those other Bears that keep children and adults happy!
3-4 times a year, Flubit staff head out of the offices and get involved in a specially organised day activity that we like to call a Flubit day.
In summer 2016, it was time for the Flubilympics.
Every Flubilympian would represent their respective departments in a fearsome competition involving bouncing sausages, penguin suits and inflatable castles.
As dangerous as it sounds, everyone was psyched to get competing and try collect as many points in each of the events to take gold for their respective departments.
Congratulations to… The black team (sales, partnerships and Infrastructure), lead by Abby… who won the day and had the pleasure of awarding first place to Jamal’s Green team!
by Ernie - read more about the day out on our blog.
When you pass probation, here at Flubit you get a very special piece of clothing, a Flubit hoodie.
However for some reason we've never had t-shirts, well that all changed in August 2016.
After a talk about the vision from our co-founder and CEO (Bertie), we were presented with our brand new Flubit t-shirts... but that wasn't all!
In the speech Bertie announced that we'd be launching a new business brand of the company 'SKU Cloud', launching in September 2016.
We may have waited 5 years for a Flubit t-shirt, but it took -1 months to get our hands on a SKU cloud t-shirt.
Food is the way to a team's heart.
In August 2016, the second annual Flubit BBQ fed the team in the beuaitful grounds of Devenport Hotel, Greenwich.
With the team sporting their new Flubit and SKU Cloud t-shirts, unlimited portions of Salad, Burgers, Veggie sausages and puddings were gobbled up.
Why not join us for the next annual BBQ for 2017?
Normally, it's not OK to hit a team member.
But when it's in the spirit of getting fit, sometimes that can totally cool!
Our Customer Service Team Leader, Darrell, has a knack of getting people off their chairs and up on their feet. Darrell is our current in-house Mr. Motivator, having organised runs, fitness sessions and now boxing too.
Every Tuesday in the Summer there's a "Get Fit @ Flubit" session going on somewhere in the park near by, on the tranquil basin, or, as last Tuesday showed, simply on the river-side decking outside the offices.
Here it was totally cool to strike a team member, assuming they were also taking part in the core activity...
Come join Flubit, join a session, organise a session, be part of a great team.
So today something happened in the office...
Two Red Bull team members, complete with Red Bull rucksacks, decided to invade our offices!!
It turns out however that it was a pretty positive invasion, everyone was handed free cans of Red Bull! Cheers RedBull!
There was a catch however... aparantly this was all part of the campaign to make people go home from work at 4pm tomorrow by Red Bull - "BE OUT THE DOOR BY FOUR", organised by a double-agent in the office!
The great news is, you can get out the door every day at Flubit, just by using your flexi-hours!
Time flies when you're having fun... that short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth about how humans perceive the world.
The weekend of 24th July 2016 marks 300 weeks since the Flubit journey began, and it it fits the proverb above perfectly.
During that time I (Bertie, co-founder) have recorded over 350 video diaries to remember the ups and downs so far. Looking back on a handful today, it's fascinating to see how quickly the Flubit team have built the 2nd largest marketplace in the UK for products (over 50m!!), and one of the world's most advanced eCommerce technologies.
Among many achievements, the team have helped create over 175 jobs in the UK, saved shoppers £millions, and enabled 1,500+ UK & European companies to prosper by sending revenue their way.
It may have all started inside a walk-in wardrobe, but now you can find a Flubit order sat in the home of almost every village, town & city in the UK, and the platform is accessed over 500 times a second, every hour, of every day. All those stats are pretty cool!
With my co-founder Adel, sometimes it's good to be proud of the past, as much as we are cautious about the future. All who are part of the team right now, in the past, or those who have been on this journey from the near very beginning and are still here today, should feel that immense feeling of pride today. Oh, and of course all our amazing investors who have made this possible, they are scarily supportive!
Just for the vain fun of it, the first is an image from the first ever video diary, made up of stills from all the others.
Then the next 5 images have been selected for:
1. Most Exotic - Hotel in Miami during an investment raise.
2. Strangest Location - The Artic Circle, where i had to stop holidaying to close off a partnership.
3. Most Un-glamorous - Plane toilet on way to San Fransisco. Face says it all....
4. Most at home with nature - Forest, Cornwall whilst walking a dog
5. Craziest Hair - Summer 2015 I clearly needed a hairdresser.
Why not join us for the next 300?....
What if your work place enabled you to fly?
Well that's exactly what happened to our Head of Infrastructure, Aaron.
At Flubit we have a very progressive benefits system. You can read all about it here, but in short, if there's something you've always wanted to do, Flubit will help pay for it. Or... if you've not yet decided, you can subsidise your social life every month, on us!
Aaron had always dreamt of becoming a pilot, we're not sure if he was just a massive fan of Snakes on a Plane, or maybe it was Top Gun, but either way, to the air he must go.
Using Flubit's benefits system Aaron was able to claim back 100% of the cost of lessons, exams and his parachute* - so in short, Flubit allowed Aaron to fly.
"It is quite simply the most amazing thing a workplace could offer", were words we assume Aaron may have uttered, had we asked him.
*we're not 100% sure if he bought a parachute for flying.
Riverside vs Roadside, Flubit's longest standing rivalry ever, since "Upstairs vs. Downstairs" was no more... because we moved offices.
This time it was Pictionary that sent spine-tingling shivers to the organiser, Darrell, as he knew what this would mean to the winning side of the office.
Unknown to some the game was being played to prepare for an interview of a new Customer Support agent for Flubit. Customer Support is all about attention to detail, and Darrell wanted to have a random picture to test the memory skills of the interviewing candidates.
So battled commenced, and this time Riverside were victories, winning by 1 point, in the final 5 seconds of their allotted time!
The annual eCommerce football cup has been running for 5 years now... and every year Flubit have been part of it!
We play football every Wednesday lunch, some of the team talk about football every day (much to the frowns of some others)... so you'd think we'd be in good shape, right?
If you're thinking about joining Flubit, and you play football, then we need your help!
Last year we won our first match at this tournament, so we went to Wembley with high spirits.. we were the Leicester of the cup, the Iceland of the day...
Unfortunately, as it turns out, we were in fact the England. 12 games between 2 teams, 0 wins...
As founder and goalkeeper, I feel we need not write any more about this...... that said the post-match annual McDonalds tasted amazing.
What's cooler than watching Top Gear on Dave?
Yep, you've guessed it, watching Top Gear on Dave AND seeing the company you work for be advertised during the commercial break.
Starting in July 2016, Flubit began its life as an 'as seen on TV' Company, with over 2,500 adverts (that's 75+ day) being played out across national TV.
Davie, Sci-Fi, Music Channels, BT Sport... Flubit have been featured across 50 stations.
Doest TV advertising work? You betcha' not only has it helped us increase website traffic, but it's delivered an additional helping hand with creating a trustworthy brand too!
For the launch of our first advert on TV we all grouped around the very large office TV and watched the magic unfold!
BABIES! You know what they say, you wait 5 years for 1 to come along, and then 3 arrive in the space of 30 days.
Luckily at Flubit we've had the pleasure of welcoming at least 4 babies over the last few years, but until now (and without trying to make it sound any less special), we haven't had our first new Flubit Mum.
A massive congratulations to Isaura, Joanna and Zhanna who all had the most gorgeously squidgy and cute babies!
And while our new mums settle in to a life of motherhood, they were kind enough to jump on the DLR/Overground to come give our team some oooo's, ahhhhh's and the odd bit of distraction-via-crying.
A huge CONGRATS from all of us here at Flubit, and we look forward to their internships in 16 years time.
For football fans there's nothing more exciting than that bi-annual Summer feeling of your national team about to partake in an International tournament.
Unless of course that fan is English.
Luckily here at Flubit we are fortunatue to have a diverse and international team.
Fun fact, at the time of writing: Did you know that of the 24 Countries in the European Championship - we have at least one representative in the company for 14 of them? - Cheers Gillian for working that one out!
So not only did we try our hand at some sweepstakes, where for the 3rd championship in a row, founding employee Andy Stephen 'randomly' bagged the favourites (France), BUT we also turned the office into a cinema for the England vs Wales game.... here's to last minute goals.
Whilst England may have succumb to the mighty Iceland, I am very pleased congratulate our 5 Portuguese team members who were very pleased with their underserved tournament win.
Yours, a bitter Founder.
We have a very strong, intelligent and awesome set of tech teams here at Flubit, and they only continue to claim these wonderful adjectives due to their desire to continue learning.
Once a month the Tech teams 'formally' come together for the Flubit Tech Exchange; a lunchtime talk, followed by free pizza... naturally.
This Tech Exchange focussed on the Go Probgamming language. Ahmet (Core Services) and Michael (Internal Services) introduced Go to the team and it's advantages.
Michael demoed an api webserver written in Go with JWT authentication using only the standard library. Ahmet walked us through a beanstalkd client library which he had been working on the past few weekends.
According to Wikipedia, National Donut Day - started in the United States, is on the first Friday of June each year, an event initiated by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honour those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
That sounds like a fitting enough reason to get some Donut's into the office and take part in the day.
Flubit's Marketing team took on the initiative and on Friday we were treated to both jammy and caramel (in separate doughnuts, we must add) delights.
Photos say it all, so here's some food porn...
At the end of May 2016, right before the bank holiday, the team decided to help some kids by taking part in the @NSPCC's #BigBoardGameDay.
Throughout Friday we split into our departments to have the first ever Flubit MASSIVE Jenga knockout competition. How did it take us 5 years to have one?
With each player donating £1 to help Children who need it, extra cash was donated by teams wishing to pay to use their "Jenga Joker"... quite simply, a team-mate can hold the tower while you pull out a block... glorious cheating in the name of charity.
Flubit raised £162 on the day... which was well above our target of £130. NICE!
We must pay a massive congrats to the FINANCE team for being the ones with the most steady hands, and commiseration to Leadership & HR, who couldn't get passed round 1, despite countless cheating from co-founder Adel.
A big thanks for Rachel for arranging it internally, and the NSPCC for fighting for every child. If you want to learn more about the work of the NSPCC, please read on.
"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough."
- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
So on May 25th, we all brought in our towels... Thanks Darrell for reminding us of the importance of our towel.
This week some of our team headed off to the Birmingham NEC for the Internet Retailing Expo (IRX). With over 6,000 European retailers and around 300 exhibitors attending, it’s a great place to see all the services available in multichannel retail. It also enables us to meet lots of new people and learn even more about the world of eCommerce.
Flubit, Flubit everywhere.
There were a great deal of interesting talks from a variety of speakers in the industry. This year Flubit were sponsoring the Marketplaces Theatre where the Flubit logo was proudly flying-high all over the theatre; you may also have noticed us on the front cover of the guide which was given out to all the attendees, oh, and finally a full-page spread reaching out to perspective merchants - yep, no one could fail to spot us in 2016.
And you heard us too...
We had two speakers over the two days, Karan on Wednesday and Roman on the Thursday, they discussed how marketplaces can help sellers reach more channels. With online retail sales in the UK growing another 12% in 2015, companies in non e-retail industries want a bigger piece of the pie. So the guys went into detail about online consumer destinations and the habits of online shoppers and how Flubit is being innovative in creating revenue opportunities with our large audience B2B channel partners. Each talk had a great turn out, everyone was engaged and stuck around egger to ask questions and meet the Flubit team.
We get to learn at Flubit.
It's really cool that we get to attend events like this with Flubit, as it really helps us develop our job roles by allowing us to meet perspective merchants, build relationships with various software solutions, and most importantly learn the skill of public speaking. The company fund all of it, and with our great benefit system we're allowed to claim 100% back off the cost of educational training, events, tools etc... even if it doesn't relate directly to our job!
Two big thumbs up!
All in all both days were a great success and after a busy two weeks of event planning and attending it's now time for a well-deserved bank holiday rest!
- Abby Orton, Flubit Merchant Team.
It's the first team day out of the year, and what better way to build team communication, spirit and togetherness than loading 8,500 rounds into attacking Zombies, to stop a potential apocalypse.
That's right, in Spring 2016, Flubit basically saved your a*se from a Zombie outbreak - you can thank us later.
Startups can be hard work, you're disrupting an industry, taking on an army of competitors, and you need to know how to think on your feet. Today the team had to decipher puzzles, learn about Zombie infections, shoot Lazer, Paintball, Air-soft, make potions, crawl through scary mazes, dodge grenades.... all in the name of fun and team bonding.
Finally we must say a massive congrats to the Spring 2016 doubles pool champions, Alex & Andy, who triumphed over Darrell and Abbey in the final. Darrell so close to becoming reigning singles and doubles champions!
Want to be at the next one? Join the team
Last week some of our team got to attend Channel Advisor’s Catalyst Connect event. This is always a great day where we get to meet lots of interesting people from the e commerce industry, which just happened to be held at the beautiful Savoy Hotel. Roman arrived early doors to set up our Flubit stand and then the rest of the guys arrived just in time for the amazing breakfast, which consisted of delicious pastries and teas and coffees. From early on our stand was busy with eager guests wanting to know more about Flubit and very quickly the registrations started flooding in from perspective merchants who wanted to start selling with us.
Then onto the very inspiring talk from the CEO of Channel Advisor David Spitz, after that we quickly made it back to our stand to meet more guests and before we knew it lunchtime was upon us and what a lunch it was, with some truly tasty sandwiches, salads and hot food, The Savoy certainly know how to keep hungry tummies happy.
As lunchtime came to a close Karan went off to present our workshop, where guests could get a better understanding of Flubit, while a few of us networked at our stand. The day then started to come to an end and it was off to the beautiful River Room for food and drinks and a final chance to network. As we entered the room Roman and John got mistaken for being part of the Jazz band which had us all in fits of laughter.
Then it was home time and after a 12 hour day we were all ready for bed, off we went buzzing from a great day of meeting new people and spreading the Flubit word!
In short, food, networking, food, workshop, food, networking, no jazz, food, Flubit!
- Abby Orton, Flubit Merchant Team.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills, a group within the government's 'UK Trade and Investment' agency, ran a week long workshop for to promote business and educate on the advantages of the London Stock Exchange.
On one sunny morning in April Flubit were invited 'as an influential and inspiring startup' to come help open the market.
We thought we'd share a couple of sneaky snaps about what it's like inside the building with all the scrolling text!
Very coincidently, although some may also suggest it was highly planned, on the Thursday before the Easter bank holiday, the office became a chocolate treasure trove.
As we walked into the office, we noticed each desk was home to a beautiful Chocolate egg. Free chocolate for all!
Here at Flubit we're a pretty diverse bunch, so the idea of celebrating Easter is not for everyone, but if that gives us an excuse to celebrate the consumption of Chocolate, we're cool with that.
Then throughout the day it was revealed that 7 eggs were hidden around the office, cryptic clues were offered too.
Enjoy the photos of the team finding them! Maybe next tim you'll be joining the Chocolate hunt too?
March 17th 2016
Today in the office was the day we dropped our blue branding and all turned green.
Yep, that's right it's St. Patrick's day, and although we only have 1 natural-born Irish person (and woah does Gillian remind us of that day-to-day) ... we all love to be a bit green..
Some forgot their t-shirts, but hey, First Aid kits are also green, so are plants and lego boxes.... Boom!
Here's our green delight!
We’re a techy bunch here at Flubit and love nothing more than testing our endurance and building something new. We’ve enjoyed our own Flubit Hack Days before, but in March '16 the whole team got excited as 5 of our tech team – Ahmet, Tunji Michael, Danny and Dom – represented Flubit.com at the Retail Week Live Tech Sprint.
It’s a big event at the O2 and our team had to code for 24 hours straight until the judging at noon the next day.
We were selected as 1 of 7 teams by an expert panel of judges to take part. The teams – consisting of retailers, start-ups and service providers –have just 24 hours to build a solution that integrates convenient delivery into consumers’ everyday lives.
It's a time to think creatively as all teams are given the freedom to develop any innovation they want using any application program interface (API) they like, as long as the delivery part of the concept uses one of On the Dot’s APIs.
We were very happy to win 2nd place on the day, take home a trophy... and Ahmet, Tunji Michael, Danny and Dom were then very happy to get some sleep after being awake for 36 hours!!!
Every year Flubit celebrate Pancake Day for the following reasons:
1. You get to eat pancakes.
So with such strict guidelines in place as to what the day must achieve, in 2016 Flubit upped the ante.
This year a travelling duo of French chefs arrived at the office, and for two hours cooked unlimited pancakes and crepes with any flavouring under the sun. Marshmallow, Nutella, Banana, Lemon, Sugar... you name it, if it was a traditional sweet Crepe flavouring, there was a good chance it would be served!... And with that guarantee, the crowd went wild.
Everyone at Flubit enjoyed unlimited free pancakes, and when our sugar levels reached unhealthily high limits, we offered the remaining time to the rest of our building too!
Members of the Flubit team were live on Twitch.tv to stream Xbox One exclusive open-beta gameplay of the highly anticipated RPG shooter: Tom Clancy’s The Division. We were also joined by no other than Bertie Stephens, founder and CEO of Flubit.com, for a chance to ask questions! And… a massive giveaway for 5 copies of the game to lucky stream viewers in celebration of the upcoming release.
For those who missed out you can find the full stream on our twitch channel HERE.
We had a good laugh exploring post-pandemic Manhattan and blasting enemies to try bring order to the city – doesn’t sound like much of a laughing matter but I guess here at Flubit we’ve got a unique sense of humor. Bertie had a chance to answer some viewer questions about our service and give his opinions on the game. Mainly criticizing the game’s inclusion of a hand pistol when in a shootout against mobs of machine gun armed scavengers. We also played our own version of survival mode in which we each represented a random viewer from Twitch and the longest surviving player would win the viewer a free copy of the game (pretty sure a tear rolled down agbavna’s face when they we’re chosen to be represented by Bertie).
We’re really happy to have entertained over 550 viewers over the course of the stream and hope to host future gaming streams and give-aways!
One of the areas we are most proud of here at Flubit is the ability for team members to progress through the Company. Sometimes we have people move up in their current role, sometimes we see sidewise shifts where team members discover an interest and skill in an area they would have never thought of, prior to starting at Flubit.
Since 2014 Flubit also started to help new workers find their passion by engaging in a number of different apprentices schemes.
As of the time of writing, from 6 apprentices we've had 4 graduate to full time roles, which we're really happy about. It's incredibly impressive to see the dedication to the work and team bonding!
In March 2016 Dave and Riswanna had their graduation ceremony, and we wanted to show off their success! It was really nice to see fellow team members Carla, Alex, Gabriel, Michael and Andy go to the graduation to support them too!
Well done both of you!
We’re delighted to have won Corporate LiveWire’s 2016 Innovation & Excellence Award for the Most Innovative eCommerce Start-up – UK.
The Innovation & Excellence Awards give recognition to businesses that are transforming their respective industries and the standard-bearers of excellence by continually setting industry trends as well as showing significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.
Flubit.com was selected as the Most Innovative eCommerce Start-up, and we couldn’t be happier to accept the award and recognition we have received for our disruptive approach to the eCommerce industry.
Bertie Stephens, Flubit.com CEO, said: “We were honoured to be shortlisted for the Innovation & Excellence Awards. To have won is even more amazing! We know that we were up against some real strong businesses doing some incredible things, so it really is a great achievement for us. Our focus now is on getting better prices for UK online shoppers, and giving online retail merchants a solution that helps them increase sales and grow their business without sacrificing their margin to greedy marketplace commissions.”
We love our team here at Flubit. Our team makes us laugh, helps us when we're stressed, and builds confidence in our ability.
Oh.. and the team make all the cool stuff we do on this Flubit Life site feel so cool.
But from time to time, for a variety of reasons we say goodbye to team members, and when we do, we want to thank them for all their hard work.
So to show off this, here's a number of team members deciding to go to the pub and drink and say goodbye...!
p.s - High Quality photos inside a dark pub is tough!!
As a fast growing start-up one of the biggest 'things' you always read about it is 'growing pains'.
As teams grow, as technology exponentially scales itself, there's a lot of code, internal services, and tech that people need to know exist. You can reach a point where there's a chance one developer may spend weeks building a piece of technology, not knowing it already exists within the company.
So, every so often we have an internal Tech Exchange to make sure all our tech teams know whats-what, what's available internally, and how it all connects up.
The great part about these days is that a lot of new ideas flow, and innovation gets a refueling!
Here at Flubit.com, we’ve got a trophy cabinet we’re very proud of (OK they’re more certificates than actual trophies, and it’s more of a shelf than a cabinet but you know what we mean.)
We’ve picked up an award or 2 in our time – the Most Innovative eCommerce Start-up Award,The People’s Champion award, Retail Company of the Year and The National Business Award– and have been shortlisted among some truly incredible names, and we’re delighted to have had our hard work and achievements recognised within our industry. It’s rewarding for our whole team and we usually have a little celebration for each award we win.
But this next one is an achievement we couldn’t have imagined. Along with J.K. Rowling and Prince Harry, Flubit.com‘s co-founders Bertie Stephens and Adel Louertatani were included in The Sunday Times Britain’s 500 most influential.
Every year The Sunday Times are known for releasing the most 500 influential people in Britain – it’s a big thing. Like always, this year some big names feature in it. Prince Harry, J.K. Rowling, Sir Elton John, Kate Middleton, Tim Peak, Lewis Hamilton, Adele, David Walliams, Tim Berners–Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc etc… Flubit are in the top 500 most influential in the country, along with those massive names!
This really is an amazing achievement for the whole Flubit team – that a company only a few years ago was an idea and a couple of guys trying to make it happen has no grown to the point where it’s creators are being recognised as some of the most influential people in the whole country is amazing.
Bertie Stephens said: “This is huge for us. I like to believe the reason we’re successful is because as a team we keep delivering. Whether it’s by driving more sales to Flubit.com, or by creating the countries largest B2B platform for products. I am a strong believer in celebrating success delivered by an awesome team. Congratulations to my co-founder Adel Louertatani, the Flubit team, and our investors who supported us here.”
Blue Monday, the third Monday in January, is supposedly the most depressing day of the year.
Although commonly dismissed as nonsensical pseudoscience, psychologists in 2005 actually created a scientific formula to prove it’s actuality.
[W+(D-d)]xTQ/MxNA where W is weather, D is debt, d monthly salary, T time since Christmas, Q time since failure of attempt to give something up, M low motivational level and NA the need to take action.
In short, it means that Christmas is long gone, taking with it it’s delicious food and merry making, and the cold hard reality of real life has sunken in. And we are down in the dumps, particularly on this deary Monday.
But here at Flubit, blue is the colour of our logo, we’re happy and proud to be blue, so we celebrated Blue Monday with pizzas (around 30 of them!) and enjoyed a team lunch – munching on pizza’s whilst battling it out on FIFA 16 and Ping pong (that counts as exercise right?!)